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Psychoanalysis as an Art and a Science.

John E. Gedo, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(4):504-505. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740100120018.
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This reprinting in a handsome hard-cover edition of the Spring-Summer 1964 issue of American Imago, with which its current editors inaugurated their stewardship, provides a welcome opportunity for wider dissemination of an important group of essays about the relationship of psychoanalysis to other fields of knowledge. The core of this "symposium" is the 1913 study by Otto Rank and Hanns Sachs on "The Significance of Psychoanalysis for the Humanities." A quartet of papers written 50 years later is offered in counterpoint. In his 1968 "Preface," the editor directs our attention to only two of these; we may infer that the inclusion of the others was necessitated by the exigencies of reproducing an existing volume economically. This consideration may also explain failure to correct a significant number of gross typographical errors.

The Rank-Sachs monograph was a product of the era in which the


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